Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency – Not A Rare Disease, But Rarely Diagnosed

Imagine– a rare disease that’s rarely diagnosed– because it mimics so many other diseases.

We’re talking about Alpha-1 Anti-TRIP-sin Deficiency – or AAT — a hereditary condition that may cause lung disease and liver disease. Dr. Kyle Hogarth, a Pulmonologist, at the University of Chicago and an expert in pulmonary diseases, joins us to discussAlpha-1 Anti-trip-sin Deficiency. It puts you at a higher risk for developing lung diseases, such as emphysema, as well as liver disease. It’s often linked with those conditions. But it’s a genetic condition– passed from parents to their children.Who’s at risk of getting this condition? What tests determine if you have it? And what lifestyle changes can help patients cope with this disease? We have lots of insight.